How do I create a student group assignment?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can create a group assignment by using the Group Assignment checkbox. Canvas uses Group Sets to assign group assignments, and each Group within the Group Set will be required to complete the assignment.

You will need to assign a Group Set as part of the assignment. You can add an existing Group Set, or you can create a new Group Set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Create a New Assignment

Create a New Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button to create a new assignment.

Assign Group Work

Assign Group Work

Click the This is a Group Assignment checkbox to assign group work.

Select Group Set Drop-down Menu

Select Group Set Drop-down Menu

Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which groups will be assigned [1] or create a new group category [2].

Note: Groups created by students cannot be used for Group Assignments and do not appear in the drop-down menu.

Assign Grades Individually

Assign Grades Individually

You can choose to assign grades to students individually by selecting the Assign grades to each student individually checkbox.

If this box is left unchecked, all the students in the group will receive the same grade.

Learn more about evaluating group work.

Note: In group assignments, one submission will count for the entire group.

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

When your assignment is saved in a draft state, you can return to the page and publish it at any time by clicking the Publish button.

View Published Assignment

View Published Assignment

View published assignment.